Don't Like Cringe Comedies? You Probably Have Fremdscham
People who experience fremdscham don't enjoy watching scenes in which someone is humiliated, even if the person doesn't realize it. As the fremdscham-prone Oliver Burkeman put it in an interview for NPR, they are EEE's, the "easily empathetically embarrassed."
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When people convey that they're feeling awkward about an uncomfortable situation, others perceive them as trustworthy. (3:45)
If someone is easily empathetically embarrassed, it's hard for them to witness embarrassing moments. (4:33)
Negativity bias refers to how negative experiences have a greater impact on our mental states than positive ones. (8:45)